Skeletal Series: The Foot
This starts the first of my new series of informational posts all about the skeletal system! As you know, I adjust not only the main spinal column, but all extremities and cranial bones as well.
Many people, especially first-timers, come in to the office surprised to hear that I can adjust head bones, shoulders, knees, etc.
Today I am going to highlight one of the areas I adjust every single day: the foot.
Each foot has 26 bones and 33 joints, and since the feet are literally the foundation of the body, I can't imagine not adjusting my patient's feet! I often tell my patients, if I adjust everything that needs adjusting but neglect the feet, you could walk out, and as soon as you start walking, things are thrown off again.
Based on our gait mechanisms, aka the way we walk, each bone in the foot is related to a certain muscle. This is really where things get interesting. For example, one of the bones in the mid foot, the 3rd cuneiform, is related to the main rotator cuff muscle, the supraspinatus. Therefore, checking the same-sided foot in a patient who has a rotator cuff injury is incredibly important. Another cool example is the main shin splints muscle, the tibialis anterior, is correlated to another bone in the mid foot, the 1st cuneiform, making the foot very important in resolving shin splints. Last example- the main bone of the arch, the navicular, is correlated to the tibialis posterior muscle, which is an adrenal related muscle. This means that adrenal stress often leads to collapse of our arches, aka flat feet. See how it all fits together?
Stay tuned for the next post all about a different area of the skeleton!